Fans and readers of Vernon Peeples’ historical publications dropped in at the Punta Gorda branch of Charlotte State Bank on Thursday to meet the well-known local author, and obtain a signed copy of his latest book “Punta Gorda: In the Beginning, 1865-1900.”
Peeples has called Punta Gorda home since 1933, so it’s no surprise he knows so much about our area and its history. His family lived on Marion Street and owned a grocery store back then. When he was 10, he started sitting on a bench on the street and talking to local people (some who were here when the town originated), and writing down their stories.
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